Graduate careers advice: you and your retail management degree

A retail management degree will provide you with a set of skills relevant to a management role in the retail sector and beyond.

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Read our graduate careers advice on where your career can do with your retail management degree.

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Work experience

An academic qualification alone may not be enough to guarantee a career in retail management as employers favour candidates with experience of working in a retail and customer service setting.

Fortunately, retail is a broad sector offering multiple opportunities to acquire experience. While studying you could work part-time in a retail outlet, perhaps transferring to a full-time position during the summer. This may even lead to promotional opportunities.

More information on work experience can be found here .

What sectors?

Retail management graduates are equipped to work in the retail sector, which includes:

  • boutiques;
  • convenience stores;
  • department stores;
  • fashion retailers;
  • supermarkets;
  • internet shopping providers;
  • restaurants;
  • wholesale suppliers.

Employment opportunities for retail management graduates also exist in areas like:

  • banks and building societies;
  • event co-ordinators;
  • insurance companies;
  • PR agencies;
  • newspapers.

Your retail management CV

A retail management degree combined with relevant work experience will give you a range of transferable skills including:

  • communication;
  • teamwork;
  • problem-solving;
  • time management;
  • initiative and leadership;
  • the ability to perform under pressure;
  • data analysis and numeracy;
  • IT skills.

Postgraduate study

Relevant work experience will generally prove more useful than further study for a career in retail management. If you wish to bolster your CV however you can take a Masters in Business Studies (MBS) in Retail Management.

Your employer may provide training to familiarise yourself with the procedures and protocols of their specific organisation and the retail sector they operate within.

More information can be found in our Further Study section.

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